How To Extend The Lifespan Of Your Home's Pipes

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Your home's pipes transport massive amounts of water each and every day. Over time, general wear and tear can cause leaks or damage, which requires extensive and expensive repairs and replacements that can disrupt the flow of your life. However, by completing a few simple acts of maintenance, you can extend the lifespan of your home's pipes, ensuring that your plumbing works properly for as long as possible.

Maintaining Your Plumbing

Keep in mind that besides the below methods, you should also inspect your plumbing semi-regularly to check for leaks or damage. Once a month should be more than enough. This allows you to identify problems early and call a plumber to fix them before they turn into disasters.

  • Watch What You Flush: Make sure that you only flush toilet paper. Flushing other materials, especially products that don't break down, like condoms and hair, can cause clogs in your pipes. Even a partial clog, which will still allow water to flow through, will place an increased amount of stress on your pipes, which can cause damage.
  • Flush Your Water Heater: Once a year, have a professional come in to flush your water heater. This is because, over time, minerals in the water can build up in sediment at the bottom of your water heater, which can then be transported through your pipes. If the sediment builds up in your pipes, it can place additional stress on them and even cause them to burst. Additionally, you can purchase a water softener for your water heater, which will remove the minerals from the water before they have a chance to build up.
  • Insulate Your Pipes: Especially for homes in colder climates, it's important for you to insulate pipes that are outside your home or that run along an outside wall. You can buy special pipe coverings at most hardware stores, which you can use to cover up exposed piping and reduce the likelihood of your pipes freezing. If your pipes do freeze, the ice can burst your pipes when it melts, as water expands when heated.
  • Use Less Water: Like all things, the more you use your plumbing, the more likely a problem is to develop. You can reduce your water usage to reduce the amount of work that your pipes have to do by taking shorter showers and watering your garden less. Additionally, high efficiency appliances that use less water will reduce your energy bills while at the same time preserving your plumbing.

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